¡Estamos en la Lucha!
Rallies and marches erupted across the country over May Day weekend in reaction to Arizona’s SB 1070. The measure makes illegal immigration a state crime and requires law enforcement to question people suspected of being in the United States illegally. Without legal challenges, it will become law by August. The Arizona Republic reported that demonstrations in other major cities brought in far greater numbers—50,000 in Los Angeles, for example—than Phoenix. Still, thousands attended a morning vigil and afternoon march in Arizona’s capital.
In Santa Fe on Saturday, May 1, around 500 people gathered at the DeVargas mall, according to a public safety aide. Photographer Amy Dalness (a former Alibi arts and lit editor) reports the event was high energy and positive, with “lots of dancing and smiles.” Cars honked, people waved and tourists took photos as the march made its way to the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe. The favorite chant of the day, Dalness says, was: “¡Obama! ¡Escucha! ¡Estamos en la lucha!” (Obama! Listen! We are in the struggle!) Demonstrators included workers, Aztec dancers, Veterans for Peace, clergy members and other people of all ages.
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